February 2010, Vol. 22, No. 2

Water Volumes

Handbook of Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations, Second Edition

Frank R. Spellman (2009). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 600 Broken Sound Parkway, Northwest, Suite 300, Boca Raton, Fla., 33487-2742, $129.95, 826 pp., soft cover, ISBN 13: 978-1-4200-7530-4.

This book was written to attract plant managers and operators, students, lay personnel, regulators, engineers, technical experts, attorneys, business leaders, and concerned citizens.

The book is geared mostly toward plant managers, operators, engineers, and students. It is very informative and well prepared.

In this second edition, every chapter has been expanded, and an additional 200 example problems and 350 math system operational problems were included in the chapter on water and wastewater mathematics.

The 19 chapters of the book are divided into five parts:

  • Water and Wastewater Operations: An Overview;
  • Water/Wastewater Operations: Math and Technical Aspects;
  • Characteristics of Water;
  • Water and Water Treatment; and
  • Wastewater and Wastewater Treatment.

Each chapter includes review questions with answers and solutions, as well as references and suggested reading. Some chapters also include case studies.

The two chapters that I found most interesting focus on security and blueprint reading. Chapter 3 discusses upgrading security and includes topics ranging from security hardware and devices to physical security, to supervisory control and data acquisition and software security. Chapter 6 discusses how to read blueprints and includes blueprint standards, units of measure, and types of drawings.

I would recommend this book to anyone involved in water and wastewater treatment plant operations. This book is a valuable resource that should be on the shelf of those involved in the topic.

Timothy R. Banyai is a managing engineer at Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.).


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